Date: 3rd September 2016 at 12:16am
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The Premier League have now opened voting for the Manager, Player and Goal of the Month awards for August.

Four Managers find themselves shortlisted following the opening three games of the new Premier League season, so battling for the first Manager award of 2016/17 are, and with the PremierLeague.com’s reasoning behind the choices, are:

Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – Played 3 Won 3
Despite arriving at Stamford Bridge this summer, the Chelsea head coach has quickly hit the ground the running and has chalked up three wins from the opening three matches, including a hard-fought, come-from-behind victory at Watford in Matchweek 2.

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – Played 3 Won 3
A change of head coach has brought a new philosophy at the Etihad Stadium but the Manchester City players have bought into Pep Guardiola`s ways quickly bringing a maximum nine points from the opening three matches, including an enthralling victory at Stoke City in Matchweek 2. No team have scored more than City`s nine goals this season.

Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – Played 3 Won 3
That Manchester United boast the meanest defence of the division so far, with one goal conceded, is perhaps less of a surprise with the arrival of Jose Mourinho but only two teams have scored more than their six goals to earn three wins from three at Old Trafford as the new man in charge looks to change how the 13-times champions play.

Mike Phelan (Hull City) – Played 3 Won 2 Lost 1
After losing the manager that got them promoted and with no new arrivals, several senior departures and injuries to key members of the squad few predicted that Mike Phelan would be in contention for an award after three matches. But the Hull City manager channelled the spirit that earned them a return to the Premier League to guide his squad of limited numbers to victory over Leicester City, the champions, on the opening day, a 2-0 win away to Swansea City in Matchweek 2, and to within a few minutes of holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at the KCOM Stadium.

Fans have until 11.59pm on September 5 to register their votes, and those votes will be included with the choices of the awards panel. To vote, fans need to have a twitter account.




A shortlist of four has also been selected for the Player of the Month award:

Curtis Davies (Hull City)
The Hull City captain has been a rock in the heart of the Tigers defence as the promoted club returned to the Premier League to beat Leicester City, the champions, on opening day, win away to Swansea City and hold out against the might of Manchester United until stoppage time. No player has made more than Curtis`s 21 interceptions this season and he boasts 100% tackle success in the three matches.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgian winger has been a key part of the perfect start enjoyed by the Blues this season. With two goals, including a wonderful dribble and finish against Burnley in Matchweek 3, Hazard has been a constant threat for Chelsea`s opponents this season. No player has made more successful passes in the final third of the pitch than the Belgian.

Raheem Sterling (Man City)
Revitalised by the arrival of Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Sterling has been a key component among the Citizens` varied attacking threats that have brought three wins out of three. With two goals, one assist and winning a penalty for a goal in the opening-day match with Sunderland, the winger has posed opposing defences constant problems this season.

Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)
Antonio Valencia is part of a Manchester United defence who have conceded just one goal from three matches, with two clean sheets as part of their three wins, but his danger to the opposing defences has stood out, too. Only one player has provided more successful crosses this season than the Ecuadorean`s five and no defender has received more passes in the final third than Valencia.

Fans have until 11.59pm on September 5 to register their votes, and those votes will be included with the choices of the awards panel and the decisions of Premier League captains. To vote, fans need to have a twitter account.




There are eight contenders for the Goal of the Month prize:

Xherdan Shaqiri (Middlesbrough v STOKE CITY) 13 August
Philippe Coutinho (Arsenal v LIVERPOOL) 14 August
Sadio Mane (Arsenal v LIVERPOOL) 14 August
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (AFC Bournemouth v MANCHESTER UNITED) 14 August
Sam Vokes (BURNLEY v Liverpool) 20/08)
Kevin Mirallas (West Brom v EVERTON) 20 August
Cristhian Stuani (Sunderland v MIDDLESBROUGH) 21 August
Jamie Vardy (LEICESTER CITY v Swansea City) 27 August




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